Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is one type of bacterial staph infection resistant to many antibiotics, making it more difficult to treat. Staph infections, including MRSA, are being acquired by healthy persons not recently hospitalized or having undergone medical procedures.

In the community setting, Community-Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections are spreading through prisons, gyms and locker rooms often due to poor hygiene practices, creating an entry route for infection.

Risk Factors for Infection

  • Close skin-to-skin contact with someone with MRSA infection
  • Openings in the skin such as cuts or abrasions
  • Contact with surfaces and items that have Staph bacteria on them
  • Crowded living conditions
  • Poor hygiene

Infection Prevention

  • Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed
  • Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors

Symptoms of Infection

Symptoms of Staph or MRSA infections may manifest as skin infections, such as pimples and boils that can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage and occur in otherwise healthy people.

See your healthcare provider if you think you may have a staph or MRSA infection.